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Fire destroys Umzimvubu buildings - Letter to the Bishops



Dear Bishops and Colleagues

I write to ask for your continued prayers on the issues of the Diocese of
Umzimvubu.

As you all know, following the Diocesan Synod that I presided over, assisted by
Bishop Mzamane (of Mthatha) as the Vicar General, new structures were elected
for the management of the diocese. These included the Diocesan Council,
Diocesan Finance Board and Diocesan Trust Board amongst others.

Furthermore, a petition was tabled at this Diocesan Synod which was accepted
unanimously. The petition passed a motion of no confidence on Bishop Ngewu and
his administrative team.  It called for the Diocese to be declared vacant.

Subsequently, the Synod of Bishops at their meeting in September 2015, dealt
with this petition through the Canon 14 route. Bishop Ngewu was given time to
answer as required by Canon 14.

His response is due at the end of December 2015.  He will deliver his
response at the Synod of Bishops in February 2016.

The matter of administration was delegated to the Diocesan Registrar, Vicar
General and the newly elected Diocesan Council, following the Synod
promulgation set time. The Diocesan Council, the Vicar General and the
Registrar, following the stipulated time have engaged Mr Ngeke [diocesan
secretary] to effect this synodical petition.

Today, the Diocesan Council met at the Glenthorne Diocesan Centre. Amongst the
other things that were discussed,  the matter of Mr Ngeke and the 2016
Diocesan budget were finalised.  These they have done and we are grateful
to God for their service. Sadly, before the end of their proceedings the
diocesan centre, the houses and the old Cathedral burnt down.

I am pained and devastated by this loss and act of callousness.  Do pray
for Bishop of Mzamane and the team of people that we elected during this
difficult time in the diocese. As scripture says: We are afflicted in every
way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death
of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies
(2 Cor 4:8-10). We will keep on seeking the truth of Christ even in such
difficult times.

I ask of you to drop +Mzamane prayer notes to give him strength as he acts in
our stead in the diocese.

I am currently in Swaziland for a pastoral visit and will arrange to go and see
+Mzamane to give him and his family support.

Yours in the service of Christ


Archbishop Thabo Makgoba




Posted: 2015/11/09 (03:18:23 AM)


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